Special Weapons and Tactics
During 2011, the Leesburg Police Department S.W.A.T. Team was deployed on numerous occasions to address high risk incidents within the City. S.W.A.T. Team members conducted multiple tactical apprehension operations specifically targeting Leesburg’s most violent felons, including homicide suspects. One such mission included assisting the Criminal Investigations Division with the service of a high risk warrant on a boarding house involving multiple sexual batteries. The S.W.A.T. Team also assisted the Lake County Sheriff’s Office with two large scale multi-jurisdictional operations. These joint efforts targeted over one hundred and fifty of Leesburg’s and Lake County’s most wanted drug dealers. During these operations, the Team served five high risk search warrants, resulting in the apprehension of wanted felons and seizures of illegal drugs, guns, money, and property.
The S.W.A.T. Team conducted over 1000 hours of in-service S.W.A.T. training this year. This training included, but was not limited to hostage rescue, waterborne operations, woodland operations, dynamic building entries, vehicle assaults, firearms training, rappelling, and physical fitness testing.
SWAT Round-Up Competition:
The annual International S.W.A.T. Round-Up consists of seminars and training courses, but the highlight is the team competition. Teams from around the globe participate in timed events that challenge the tactics, endurance, and knowledge of the teams. Our officers put forth excellent effort every year and we're proud of their performance:
For more information please contact Capt Robert Hicks at 352-728-9786 ext 3839 or Sgt. Joe Iozzi at 352-728-9786 ext 3880.